Dr. Yamini Narayanan is ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) Senior Fellow at the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation, Deakin University. Her work explores the ways in which animals – particularly those regarded as heritage or sacred icons in India, such as cattle – are invoked as symbols of human identity politics and/or as resources for growth in cities.

Her book Religion, Heritage and the Sustainable City: Hinduism and Urbanisation in Jaipur (Routledge) was published in 2015, and edited volume Religion and Urbanism: Reconceptualising Sustainable Cities in South Asia (Routledge) was published in 2016. She also publishes widely in media on issues related to animal rights, including The Hindu Centre for Politics and Public Policy, Huffington Post and Animal People Forum.

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Zoei Sutton is a PhD candidate at Flinders University. Her doctoral thesis critically examines the negotiation of human-companion animal relationships. She is the Australian Sociological Association’s (TASA) Sociology and Animals thematic group co-convenor, the TASA postgraduate blog editor and H-Animal Review Editor.